A blog about the Edwardian era in the UK - objects, buildings, people, literature, film and all other aspects of the Edwardian era (covering 1901-1919)
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Derby Tram 1, 1904
A typical Dick Kerr of Preston Tram as used in many towns and cities in the UK, Derby 1 was, as the number implies, the first of the new electric trams used by Derby Corporation Tramways. It was the first to be delivered and was used for driver training before the opening of the network on July 27 1904. The Derby tram network was of a slightly different gauge to most tramways - it's tracks were 4 feet wide instead of the standard 4 ft 8.5 inches, as used on the British railways.
The Derby trams operated until 1934, when they were replaced by Trolleybusses which had started to take over their services from 1932. Today, Derby 1 is preserved at the Crich Tramway Museum, Derbyshire, in original open top condition. It is a fine example of an Edwardian tram in original condition